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Pregnant women's reactions to routine CO monitoring in the antenatal clinic

Carbon monoxide (CO), a colourless, odourless and poisonous gas, is a waste product of cigarette smoking CO monitoring is an immediate and non-invasive method of determining smoking status (National...

Female pelvic shape: Distinct types or nebulous cloud?

For well over 50 years, students of midwifery, obstetrics, gynaecology and related professions have been taught the Caldwell-Moloy classification of the female pelvis While recognising variation and...

Creating a culture of ‘safe normality’: Developing a new inner city alongside midwifery unit

In the UK, the majority of maternity care is provided through obstetric units (OUs) (accounting for approximately 93% of births)

Transition to midwifery: Collaborative working between university and maternity services

The first few months’ experiences of a newly qualified midwife's first post have an impact on the individual's confidence and the overall quality of the maternity service offered to the women and...

Informing clients of risk: Immediate implications of a landmark supreme court decision

On 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (2015) UKSC 11, a case involving the failure of an obstetrician to warn a pregnant woman with...

Standard of handwriting is part of a midwife's duty of care

The Government is rolling out technology to implement a unified system of electronic record-keeping and prescribing as part of its response to the Francis Report (2013) The system is a key component...

Research roundup—July 2015

Food consumption in British Pakistani v British White babies A study undertaken in Bradford found that British Pakistani infants consume more chips, sugar-sweetened drinks and commercial sweet baby...

An Irish maternity service fit for purpose

Irish maternity services, with the exception of a few pockets of midwifery-led units and home birthing midwives, are a hospital-based consultant obstetric-led service Availability of choice within...

Access to maternity care should be universal

It is well known that high-quality care during pregnancy is important for the health of the mother and the development of her unborn baby. Pregnancy provides an ideal opportunity for midwives and...

NHS, midwives, women and politics

The news and social media have been ablaze with debate and comments since the new (non-coalition) Government has been elected, many suggesting it will lead to further privatisation of the NHS as well...

Antenatal screening and early-intervention: A mental health update from the NSPCC

For both mothers and fathers, pregnancy and the birth of a baby are periods of transition and changing roles, and it is a life-stage that is widely acknowledged as a time of heightened stress for new...

Peripartum cardiomyopathy—a real life story

Carly was a typical teenager: she loved shopping, make-up, clothes, meeting up with friends at parties and generally living life to the full She keep fit too—joined a gym and took spinning classes

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